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  • Again I Hear These Waters

Tilted Axis Press

Again I Hear These Waters

by Multiple Authors.

Translated from Assamese by Shalim M. Hussain.

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  • Paperback published on 29/02/2024
  • Page count: 113 pages
  • ISBN: 9781911284925
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The ‘Miyah’ community of the Northeast Indian state of Assam is formed from the descendants of migrant Bengali-Muslims living in the chars (low-lying islands prone to floods and erosion). Very rarely do we see translations of literature from India’s Northeast, a contested region seen as ‘off the map’ of India proper, or from the hundreds of languages which are not official at either the national or state level. In poetry and song originally written mostly in Assamese or local dialects spoken by the community, over twenty voices are brought together in this anthology to document deeply intimate stories of nature, loss, and yearning, foregrounding these contemporary lives beyond mere victimisation.

From folk river-songs as poems to love poetry, the islands and riverbanks of the chars and chaporis of the Brahmaputra River become both background and metaphor in this anthology, never shying away from the prismatic effect of water. Curated by Shalim M. Hussain, a leading figure in the Miyah poetry movement, Again I Hear These Waters is an offering, a gathering.

Poems by: Hafiz Ahmed, Shalim M. Hussain, Kazi Neel, Shajahan Ali Ahmed, Ashraful Islam, Abdur Rahim, Siraj Khan, Abdul Kalam Azad, Johirul Islam, Rafiqul Islam, Rejaul Islam Bulbul, Abdul Mozid Sheikh, Mohin Khan, Ringkul Ahmed, Aman Ali, Rehna Sultana, Gazi Rahman, Mirza Lutfar Rahman, Heena Al Haya, Ameena Ahmed, Begum Asma Khatun.

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